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Writing and Reading Problems ESL/EFL Learners Can Have.

Unread postby Hubert » 06 Oct 2007, 13:08

Dear Lucy,

Do you know where I may be able to get information regarding two issues? The first is what type of writing and/or reading related problems ESL/EFL students can have if their native languages employ right to left progression, rather than the progression system that English uses which is the left to right one. The second is what native languages these students are likely to speak.


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Writing from right to left

Unread postby Lucy » 12 Oct 2007, 19:01

Dear Hubert,

Arabic, Urdu and Farsi are written from right to left. These are the languages I know; there may well be others.

Native speakers of these languages might face the following challenges: difficulty reading the letters of written English; difficulty adapting to a new way of writing; difficulty remembering words at a low level because they can't revise using the written word. It's a good idea to represent the words phonetically in their own language until students are familiar with the new alphabet.

Having said that many speakers of these languages have excellent command of the alphabet used in English. For example, Arabic speakers throughout North Africa have French as a second language; this means that they can read easily written English words.

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